Monica and Christopher were married in Sydney last month. I was lucky enough to photograph Christopher’s sister’s wedding last year – (see Kate and Justin’s wedding here) - it was lovely to see all their family and friends again. They are quite the jet-setters, when they first contacted me they were both living in London, and now they both live in Singapore. Monica and Christopher are a couple that you just want to be around – they are crazy in love and they are so much fun to be around – Monica has a smile that is contagious! They both have such respect, trust and love for each other.
Thank you both for choosing me to be there on your wedding day, and in trusting me to give you memories for ever and always.
A special thank you to Jo Bartholomew who came along to second shoot for me on this wonderful day. Jo, you have such a raw talent, an incredible eye and are such a pleasure to be around. Thank you from the bottom of my heart (and for driving me around)!
Ruth and Shihan were married in the pretty Sculpture Gardens in Canberra a few ago and what a beautiful wedding it was. They are currently living in London and returned to Australia to get married in front of their closest friends and family. I met them for the first time a few days before their wedding day, but it felt like i had known them for years.
They had a traditional wedding ceremony and also a Poruwa ceremony. The ceremony took place on a “Poruwa”, a beautifully decorated, traditional wooden platform. The ceremony involved a series of rituals performed by the bride and groom, and their families. It was so special and I’m so blessed to have been there to share such a beautiful moment.
Shihan and his relatives assemble on the right of the Poruwa and the Ruth’s family gatherd at the left. Ruth and Shihan then entered the Poruwa leading with the right foot first. They greeted each other with palms held together in the traditional manner. Ruth’s father placed her right hand on Shihan’s hand as a symbolic gesture of handing over the bride to the groom. Then Shihan’s brother handed a necklace to the him who in turn placed it on Ruth’s neck. Shihan’s maternal uncle entered the Poruwa and tied their small fingers with a single gold thread (to symbolize unity) and then poured water over their fingers. Five women then blessed the marriage with a traditional chant (oh it was amazing, it gave me goosebumps). Ruth was then presented a plate of milk rice specially cooked for the occasion, she then fed a piece to Shihan. Shihan then fed Ruth. The Poruwa ceremony is something i won’t forget. It was such a beautiful and intimate ceremony.
Ruth and Shihan, thank you for choosing me to be your wedding photographer – your day was such a special day! xx
Big thanks to Cassie for assisting me on the day! x
My engagement session with Kristie and Rhyan was a very special one – they took me on a little walk down memory lane to some of their special places, where so many important memories were made – the grounds of the Australian National University – their first date, their first kiss, to the bench where Rhyan asked Kristie to marry him. It was so beautiful to see and hear about their special moments…thank you for sharing all your lovely memories with me. xx